A variety of body malformations can appear in cats, especially purebreds. Even the breed itself indicates an abnormality that may cause health issues. For example, Manx cats have little to no tails and are more susceptible to spinal issues, such as spinal bifida. Rex cats may have heart problems, and Himalayan and Persian cats have respiratory and kidney conditions.

  • Cleft palates: Corrected Surgery/Serious Problem
  • Face and head abnormalities: Serious Problem
  • Kinked tails: Corrected with Surgery
  • Malformed jaws: Serious Problem
  • Flattened chest (pectus excavatum): Manageable Condition/Serious Problem


Surgery is most often the only option for malformations, Regular exams and preventative care is indicated for purebred cats.